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Preschoolers Who Watch TV Sleep Less

New research into preschool sleeping habits is making a significant case for limiting TV time for young children. The new study by University of Massachusetts Amherst neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer and developmental science graduate student Abigail Helm found that preschoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who don’t. More surprising, perhaps, was that 36…
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How Employers Can Help Workers Sleep Better

Well-rested workers are healthier, happier, and more productive.  It obviously benefits employers to help workers get a better night’s rest, and a new study has revealed how they can help. Results show that in most studies, employer-sponsored efforts to encourage improved sleep hygiene and healthier habits have yielded improvements in sleep duration and sleep quality,…
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Good Sleep and Mood Leads to Better Memory Later in Life

A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building block of a functioning mind — and three health-related factors: sleep, age, and depressed mood. The team also reports that each of these factors is associated with different aspects of working memory. Working memory is the part of short-term memory…
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Online Bullying Leads to Sleep Loss and Depression for its Victims

Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, which causes a vicious circle because lack of sleep can raise levels of depression  Although research has examined the relationship between online bullying and depression, the University of Buffalo study is one of few to explore the connection between cyber victimization and sleep…
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New Guidelines Hope to Improve Hospital Sleep

Even though people in hospitals need plenty of sleep, hospitalization is seldom restful. Nighttime awakenings for various tests can disrupt sleep. This can cause grogginess, delirium and falls. To ameliorate this problem, researchers designed a study known as SIESTA (Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff To Act). SIESTA urges doctors and nurses to avoid nighttime disruptions…
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Sleep and Exercise Affect New Moms and Dads Differently

In a study looking at the daily lives of new parents, a team led by Penn State researchers found that in general, getting more physical activity and more sleep from day to day was linked with more personal well-being, a better couple relationship and more closeness with their baby.  But, it definitely effects new moms…
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Study Says Insomniacs Less Able to Get Over Past Mistakes

Cringe-worthy mistakes and embarrassing blunders happen to everyone, but it turns out that insomniacs are more likely to relive them over and over.  Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience asked participants to relive their most shameful experiences of decades ago while making MRI scans of their brain activity. While good sleepers literally settled those…
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Women Don’t Think They Snore

A new study of adults who were referred for evaluation of a suspected sleep disorder suggests that women tend to under-report snoring and underestimate its loudness. Results show that objectively measured snoring was found in 88% of the women (591 of 675), but only 72% reported that they snore (496 of 675). In contrast, objective snoring…
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A Little Lost Sleep Can Put Your Job at Risk

Losing just 16 minutes of sleep could be the difference between a clear-headed day at the office or one filled with distractions. A new study finds shorting your sleep routine during the work-week greatly interferes with job performance. University of South Florida researchers found workers are more likely to have poor judgement and fall off-task the…
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Permanent Daylight Saving Time May Have a Negative Impact at Schools

There is a growing backlash against the back-and-forth time changes that happen every year in the U.S. and elsewhere, when we switch into Daylight Saving Time and then back out again.  The idea of staying in one “time” has become popular enough that several states in the U.S., including California, Washington, Florida, and North Carolina,…
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